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Roll Call – Quorum Present

Supervisors: Argotsinger, Blackmon, Born, Bradt, Breh, Callery, Fagan, Greene, Groff, Handy, Howard, Kinowski, Lauria, Perry, Potter, Selmser, Waldron, Wilson, Young TOTAL: Present: 19 Absent: 1 (Supervisor Rice)

Chairman Groff called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman Groff asked if there was anyone from the public who wished to address the Board. No one from the public came forward.

Chairman Groff then requested that Mr. Mraz, Planning Director, come forward to the dais.

On behalf of the Board, Mr. Stead, Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board, read a Proclamation recognizing the Planning Director for his many years of distinguished service as follows:

PROCLAMATION

January 8th, 2018


WHEREAS, Planning Director James Mraz will retire on January 13, 2018 after a stellar County career of over 38 years; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Mraz distinguished himself as a hard-working and dedicated public servant, at all times committed to helping his community improve its fortunes; and

WHEREAS, Jim served in a myriad of community-building roles, including Legislative Aide in 1979, Planner in 1980, Senior Planner in 1981, Planning Director from 1988 to 2018, Secretary to the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency and the IDA’s first-ever Executive Director; and


WHEREAS, Jim earned a reputation for a “Herculean” work ethic advancing County facility improvements, community infrastructure, environmental protection, historical preservation, educational innovation and economic development with exemplary results; and


WHEREAS, Jim conscientiously and professionally staked his name to ground-breaking projects that will leave positive impacts upon the local region long into the future; and


WHEREAS, Jim was the world’s “consummate planner” whose organizational skills structured regional planning throughout the county with an organized systemic approach that will impact the lives of tens of thousands of residents for generations; now, therefore be it


RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby joins with local leaders throughout the area to honor the story of James Mraz, a local “home town boy” who grew into a giant figure through service to his community; and, be it further


RESOLVED, That the Board hereby thanks Mr. Mraz for his many years of service to the County of Fulton and offers its best wishes on the occasion of his retirement from County service.

Dated Under my Hand and Seal
This 8th Day of January 2018
JAMES GROFF
Chairman, Board of Supervisors
Fulton County

UPDATES FROM STANDING COMMITTEES

Finance Committee

Supervisor Argotsinger advised that there will be a short Finance Committee Meeting following the Board Meeting to discuss several vacancy reviews

REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES

(No report updates.)

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

(No report.)

RESOLUTIONS

No. 23 (Resolution Appointing, Reappointing and/or Confirming Members to the Fulton County Youth Bureau Advisory Board): Mr. Stead advised that there are several vacancies on this Board and if anyone knows of anyone interested, to please contact the Office for Aging/Youth Director.

Chairman Groff called for a recess at 1:22 p.m.

Chairman Groff then called the meeting back to order at 1:29 p.m.

Chairman Groff opened the Public Hearing to receive comments regarding the Draft, Map, Plan and Report for Proposed Fulton County Sewer District No. 2 at 1:30 p.m.

David Henderson, Fulton County Community Heritage Corporation: Mr. Henderson advised that he was present today because he had concerns regarding the proposed Sewer District and Petoff Garden Apartments. Petoff Garden Apartments has a 24 unit building and a 41 unit building that included a considerable number of low income apartments. He advised that 70 to 80 people living there have low monthly rents of $400.00 or less because their rents are income based. His concern is for the prices he sees in the Engineer’s Map, Plan and Report for Fulton County Sewer District No. 2 prepared by Environmental Design Partnership, LLP for the “trunk line”. He also advised that the Community Heritage Corporation received a letter that Petoff Garden Apartments would not be required to “hook into” the sewer line. He also spoke regarding the assumptions in the report regarding the use of sewage output. The Report estimates that a typical home would produce 250 gallons per day and an apartment would produce about half that amount. Mr. Henderson estimated that a Petoff Gardens typical tenant would produce only 52 to 55 gallons per day.

He further advised that hook-up costs and construction costs could cause them to have to raise rents and this may become unaffordable to some tenants. He wanted the Board to think about that cost. Mr. Henderson explained that the report said that there are 32 apartments at Petoff Gardens, but actually there are 65 apartments. He offered a suggestion that the County apply for a Community Development Block Grant to offset some of the costs for proposed sewer line extensions in the future.

Chairman Groff again asked if there was anyone present who wished to make comments regarding the Public Hearing on the Draft, Map, Plan and Report for Proposed Fulton County Sewer District No. 2. Seeing no one, Chairman Groff closed the Public Hearing at 1:40 p.m.

Upon a motion by Supervisor Waldron, seconded by Supervisor Howard and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 1:41 p.m.

Certified by: Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/ DATE Clerk of the Board

SCHEDULED SPEAKERS

Public Health Director Dr. Irina Gelman and Information Services Director Perry Lovell were present to provide a demonstration on Telehealth Portals that will be soon be available at FMCC, Public Health and Office for Aging.

OLD BUSINESS

Supervisor Lauria wanted to express his thanks to the Fulton County Investigative Unit for their handling of the fraud cases in Gloversville with three (3) business owners. He advised that the State should have stricter rules on welfare fraud. Supervisor Handy thanked the Gloversville Fire Department for the handling of the fire at the JBF Tannery and former Tradition Leather on February 10, 2018.

NEW BUSINESS

Chairman Groff advised that he has received several phone calls regarding the fire and clean-up efforts of the debris from that fire that occurred on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the site of the former Tradition Leather and JBF Tannery. The request was to have the tipping fees lowered for the debris removal for the clean-up to help the City of Gloversville with the cost.

Supervisor Greene advised that there is an elementary school right across the street from the fire site and this will create a dangerous situation and it should be cleaned up as soon as possible.

Supervisor Born commented that she received a call from City Fire Chief Thomas Groff, who asked for her support to lower the tipping fee for the clean-up of building debris. She indicated that she would support this request.

Supervisor Blackmon commented that he too received a call from Fire Chief Groff and he would also support the lowering of the tipping fees.

Supervisor Lauria advised that the City of Gloversville is looking to having the site be cleaned up at soon as possible and is only looking to have the Solid Waste Department reduce the tipping fees in regard to debris that are from the fire that will be brought to the Landfill.

Mr. Bouchard, Solid Waste Consultant, advised that he too spoke with Fire Chief Groff about reducing the tipping fee and explained to him that it will have to be considered an asbestos project under DEC regulations. He added that the property was “cleared” years ago by the Environmental Protection Agency as having no contaminates. A company would have to be hired to take down any structures left by the fire because the County’s Demolition Team can only take down municipal owned structures and this property was owned by a private citizen.

After more discussion by Board members, it was the consensus of the Board to reduce the normal $75.00 per ton for Municipal/County Rate to $25.00 per ton in this instance only for debris from the fire.

A motion was made by Supervisor Green to authorize a Resolution to Reduce the Tipping Fee Rate for Fire Debris from JBG Tannery and the Former Tradition Leather Fire Event, from $75.00 per ton to $25.00 per ton in this instance only, seconded by Supervisor Wilson and unanimously carried.

Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Kinowski and unanimously carried, the Committee entered into Executive Session at 2:17 p.m. to discuss pending litigation.

(Supervisors Kinowski and Young left the meeting at 3:01 p.m.)

The Board continued in Executive Session for employment history at 3:01 p.m.

Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Howard and unanimously carried, the Committee re-entered into Regular Session at 3:32 p.m.

Mr. Stead noted that the Executive Session also involved an interview of the candidate for Solid Waste Director. Supervisors Waldron and Argotsinger sponsored Resolution 88 of 2018 Appointing David B. Rhodes to the position of Director of Solid Waste Management, seconded by Supervisor Bradt and unanimously carried. (Supervisors Fagan, Kinowski and Young were absent)

Upon a motion by Supervisor Callery, seconded by Supervisor Waldron and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 3:34 p.m

Certified by: Jon R. Stead, Administrative Officer/ DATE Clerk of the Board

RESOLUTIONS

RESOLUTION APPOINTING JOSEPH DECRISTOFARO AS COUNTY REPRESENTATIVE TO THE CAPITAL DISTRICT OFF-TRACK BETTING CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
RESOLUTION APPOINTING MEMBER TO THE FULTON COUNTY LAW LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR 2018
RESOLUTION APPOINTING, REAPPOINTING AND/OR CONFIRMING MEMBERS TO THE FULTON COUNTY TRAFFIC SAFETY BOARD RESOLVED
RESOLUTION APPOINTING COUNTY REPRESENTATIVE TO THE FULTON COUNTY JURY BOARD FOR 2018
RESOLUTION APPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE FULTON COUNTY HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESPONSE TEAM FOR 2018
RESOLUTION APPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE FULTON COUNTY LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR 2018
RESOLUTION REAPPOINTING DEPUTY FIRE COORDINATORS FOR 2018
RESOLUTION REAPPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE FULTON COUNTY FIRE INVESTIGATION TEAM FOR 2018
RESOLUTION APPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE FULTON COUNTY FIRE ADVISORY BOARD FOR 2018
RESOLUTION APPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION ADVISORY BOARD FOR 2018
RESOLUTION APPOINTING, REAPPOINTING AND/OR CONFIRMING MEMBERS TO THE FULTON COUNTY ETHICS BOARD
RESOLUTION APPOINTING, REAPPOINTING AND/OR CONFIRMING MEMBERS TO THE FULTON COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD
RESOLUTION APPOINTING, REAPPOINTING AND/OR CONFIRMING MEMBERS TO THE FULTON COUNTY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES COUNCIL
RESOLUTION APPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD FOR 2018
RESOLUTION APPOINTING, REAPPOINTING AND/OR CONFIRMING MEMBERS TO THE FULTON COUNTY YOUTH BUREAU ADVISORY BOARD
RESOLUTION APPOINTING, REAPPOINTING AND/OR CONFIRMING MEMBERS TO THE FULTON COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING ADVISORY BOARD
RESOLUTION APPOINTING, REAPPOINTING AND/OR CONFIRMING MEMBERS TO THE FULTON COUNTY CENTER FOR REGIONAL GROWTH BOARD OF DIRECTORS
RESOLUTION APPOINTING AND/OR REAPPOINTING MEMBERS AND ALTERNATE REPRESENTATIVES TO THE GREAT SACANDAGA LAKE ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR 2018
RESOLUTION APPOINTING, REAPPOINTING AND/OR CONFIRMING MEMBERS TO THE FULTON COUNTY AGRICULTURAL AND FARMLAND PROTECTION BOARD
RESOLUTION APPOINTING, REAPPOINTING AND/OR CONFIRMING MEMBERS TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE FULTON COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
RESOLUTION REAPPOINTING AND/OR CONFIRMING MEMBERS TO THE FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT BOARD
RESOLUTION APPOINTING AND/OR REAPPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE FULTON COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOR 2018
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PRE-APPLICATION TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) FOR THE REHABILITATION, INSTALLATION OF PERIMETER FENCING AND DESIGN OF RUNWAY AT THE FULTON COUNTY AIRPORT FOR THE RUNWAY AND TAXIWAY LIGHTING PROJECT (2018 CAPITAL PLAN)
RESOLUTION REAPPOINTING AND/OR CONFIRMING MEMBERS TO THE FULTON COUNTY PLANNING BOARD
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